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From the Dub: The Choice Is Ours

Blog: Above the Glass By Samantha

For the past four seasons, Portland Winterhawks fans have been immune to the cyclical nature of junior hockey, in which teams rebuild every few years. On Mike Johnston’s watch, the Winterhawks didn’t rebuild each season; they simply reloaded. We all knew the day would come when Mike would leave and things would change. He told media on a regular basis that his ultimate goal was the NHL, so it’s not like we weren’t warned. But there were no warning signs that the team would fall so quickly to last place in both the US Division and the Western Conference. One of the great mysteries of hockey, however, is how quickly the game can change. Last night, the Winterhawks broke out with a 6-2 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors, the same day they named Nic Petan Captain and welcomed overage goaltender Bolton Pouliot (cousin of Derrick) to the team. It’s a long way back to the top, but it’s a start. It all got me to thinking: as a fan, just how loyal am I? The choice about whether to stand by the team is mine; which way do I go?

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Video- Everyone Is Talking About This P.K. Subban Goal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

My question is, where are the Avalanche players?


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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

One of the topics Ron MacLean and Don Cherry discussed were the  goal nets.

Don Cherry said the net has become too top-heavy because they took 12 inches off of the back and that someone is going to get hurt the same way Mark Howe got impaled by the goalpost back in the day. 

A few other topics including a look at Tyler Toffoli of the LA Kings.


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Video- Great Opening Night Presentation By The New Jersey Devils

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul



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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit

I am still feeling good aboot last night but that euphoric feeling has to be filed as yesterday's news. Tonight is staring us in the eye and Randy Carlyle is going to send in the goons. We all know what to expect. Confidence is high, but Gus is the starter so that brings me down a few notches.

 I was pondering last night aboot our youth movement and how happy I was that we didn't make any bone headed moves to trade away prospects. Nyquist, Sheehan, Jurco, Tatar, and the list goes on and on. The D was there and the Mule has been a pleasant surprise.

 The future is now. The kids are alright, and I really like our team!

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Mad dash: Babcock, Carlyle discuss personnel prior to Red Wings-Maple Leafs, round 2

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Amongst this evening's pre-game coaches' presser comments ahead of tonight's game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings (7 PM on FSD/CBC/NHL Network U.S. with the requisite Center Ice blackout/97.1 FM):

The Windsor Star's Bob Duff took note of Mike Babcock's comments regarding Jimmy Howard, who's on a 48-hour IR with a groin issue, as well as Franzen...

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I NOW Consider Roberto Luongo A Hall Of Famer

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

One question I find interesting is exactly when in a player's career does he establish himself as a Hockey Hall of Famer regardless of what may happen in the remainder of his career.  I think Roberto Luongo has reached that threshold.

Luongo has been a top goaltender in the NHL for many years.  The problem has been that I have been waiting for that one final big accomplishment that cemented his case and it hasn't come.  Luongo has never won the Vezina Trophy - though he has had several Vezina worthy seasons and could easily have been a multiple time winner in his career.  He has never won the Stanley Cup.  In part this is because he did not play of a team that was capable of winning the cup until a few years into his run with the Vancouver Canucks.  He probably should have won a cup there.  He famously melted down in the 2011 finals when Boston won the cup.  These could have been the final Hall of Fame securing achievement if they happened slightly differently.

Nevertheless he has some significant achievements.  He was the starting goaltender on the 2010 gold medal winning Canadian Olympic Team.  He was a backup who posted a shutout in his only game during the gold medal run in 2014.  He has twice made the NHL's second team all star.  In 2011 he won the Jennings Trophy for being part of the team with the best goals against average.  He has made four NHL All Star Games.  These accomplishments may not be enough to make the hall of Fame by themselves but they put him on the right track.

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Notes By Brooks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- So Ken Dryden literally handed the torch to Carey Price at Thursday’s home opener in Montreal. This hopefully will work out better for the Canadiens then when Dryden figuratively handed the torch to Bunny Larocque and Denis Herron in 1979.

One game, winner take all.

Who do you want: Dryden or Patrick Roy?

I’ll take Dryden.

- Which team last year filed a complaint with the NHL, alleging circumvention committed by the Rangers when Martin Biron retired instead of accepting a demotion to the AHL and soon after took a job with MSG-TV?

- Of the 35 goaltenders to play at least 84 games since the start of 2011-12, Steve Mason has the fifth-worst save percentage at .908 while Ray Emery has the fourth-worst at .907.

If I didn’t know better, I would say that “Mr. Snider” has his eye on Connor McDavid.

more NHL talk including Marty Brodeur should go out on his terms...

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The Unified San Jose Sharks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,

The players say that any problems have been addressed and that they are united now. But a degree of stress still seems evident as the Sharks make an early-season swing through the metropolitan area, which ends Sunday at Madison Square Garden against the Rangers. The players stiffen when they sense the inevitable questions coming with each city they visit.

“It made for good TV,” defenseman Scott Hannan said of the reports of internal friction. “That was last year. Everyone in here, everything’s great.”

Referring to the Sharks’ perennial playoff woes, forward Tommy Wingels said: “I don’t know why we haven’t cleared that hurdle. But unfortunately we’re not going to be given another opportunity for many months now, until the playoffs are to begin. We’d love to fast-forward there.”...

During the summer, McLellan relieved Thornton of the captaincy, with the responsibility delegated to a number of alternates. Wilson said the Sharks were “going young.”

Before Saturday’s game against the Devils, Thornton said: “It was disappointing, but life moves on. It hasn’t affected me as a guy or as a player.”

Wilson also said he gave Thornton the chance to leave the Sharks if he did not want to be part of the youth movement. Thornton, 35, said he chose to stay for a simple reason. “I had a three-year contract — that’s pretty much it,” he said, laughing.


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Afternoon Line - Milan Lucic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

"It was a selfish act. I think it takes away from all the positives from the game. I'm obviously not proud of what I did there"

 "I know [the Canadiens fans] can get under your skin sometimes, but they are great fans. They are what make the games fun"

- Milan Lucic via tweets from Joe Haggerty.


added 4:04pm, video of the Lucic talking about the incident is below...

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